Hurricane Season is Not Over Yet
The 2019 hurricane season has not brought about much noise for the East Coast in Florida. Thankfully, many parts in Florida only endured heavy rains and winds during Hurricane Dorian, leaving little to no damage in its path. While there is relief in knowing we were not severely affected, our guard should not be let down just yet.
Hurricane season does not officially end until November 30th, leaving about two months' time for storms to potentially develop. As we saw in Deerfield Beach, FL with Hurricane Dorian, anything goes with nature and we should not allow ourselves to be underprepared. There are a few tips that are necessary to follow in the coming months.
- You might have already gone through your supply of hurricane snacks, but it does not hurt to replenish your stock. If keeping emergency food in your pantry is too tempting, purchase canned goods, crackers, or soups that can be easily placed in a bin and kept in storage.
- As with many storms, water is always found in short supply. Bottled water does not go bad and can also be kept in storage when pre-purchased.
- Candles, batteries, and flashlights meant for emergency purposes should not be utilized unless there is an absolute need to do so. Keeping plenty of these items on hand, in unused conditions will help you in an emergency later.
- Make sure your family has an evacuation plan and bags packed. If mandatory or voluntary evacuations begin, your family can quickly leave in a moment’s notice with your valuables and personal items.
- Have a plan for your business and home’s safety as well. Contingency plans are a resource for a reason. Create your own contingency plan or use SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Plan. This will help to keep inventory of your home or business’ belongings, track all important documents, and help you in staying organized in the case a disaster strikes.
Unpreparedness allows for vulnerability when it comes to hurricanes and other natural disasters. Staying ready means less work to do in the case of a sudden tropical storm or hurricane. Be safe and vigilant through the remainder of the 2019 hurricane season.